The introduction of Sharia-based regional laws in several Indonesian provinces has aggravated the sociopolitical climate in the world's most densely populated Muslim country. Yet it has also aroused resistance.
Solidaritas Perempuan Kinasih Yogyakarta (SP Kinasih), one of SP’s 13 community branches, has set up a Help Centre (known in Indonesian as ‘Posko’) for the quake survivors, especially women and children.
Rahima is a Muslim organization that advocates women's equality based on modern and democratic ideas. Instead of traveling from conference to conference, Rahima members prefer to work at the grassroots level.
Ever since Indonesia's highest Islamic authority, the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) issued 11 'fatwas' or edicts against liberal Islam, a fierce debate has begun raging in the world's most populous Muslim nation on what constitutes an Islamic society.